Layard of Nineveh.

Waterfield, Gordon.

Book ID: 746


8vo. x, 535 pp., half-title, title, 1 folding map, numerous b/w plates in & hors text, cloth in clipped d/w, notes, index, few marginal annotations in pencil, otherwise copy in very good condition, includes a note to Prof. Mallowan signed by the author and dated November 6, 1963, John Murray, London, first edition, 1963.


Sir Henry Layard 1817-1894, discoverer of Nineveh, was a great Victorian and one of the most controversial public figures of his day. Helped by Sir Stratford Canning, the British ambassador in Constantinople, he started excavations in Mosul in 1845. He was world famous for the discovery of the Assyrian cities of Nimrud and Nineveh. This reputation earned him the important post of Under-secretary for foreign affairs in 1852. Layard witnessed the Crimean war and visited India. He dealt in what was called the “Eastern Question”, trying to counter Russian influence and expansion in the Near East. In 1877 Layard became ambassador in Constantinople and he was the first chairman of the Ottoman Bank. This is a very well documented biography of the man who played a major role in shaping British policy in the East during the last half of the 19th century.

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